Maybe you’ve heard about Google+, maybe you haven’t.
It’s yet another new social network, this time run by, you guessed it, Google.
There’s been a fair bit of buzz around Google+. It’s being touted as the fastest growing social network with over 25 million users already.
Right now, I’m struggling to understand why I should use it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely site. Lots of people I know are using it. It has some cool features such as ‘circles’ which let you group people together and view their updates as a stand-alone stream.
The problem for me is that I’ve yet to find a real use for it.
I probably felt the same way about Twitter and Facebook once upon a time.
I’m stuck between wanting to be present in a new online space, such as Google+, and making sure that I don’t just repeat the same updates, share the same links and follow the same people as I do on Facebook and Twitter.
I certainly feel pressure to be there. I don’t want to appear closed to new technologies and ideas. I don’t want to get left behind. I don’t want to seem ‘old school’ because I’m not keeping up with the times.
I guess that’s what happens when you work in digital media: this invisible force makes you feel as though you have to be everwhere at once or you’re not cool.
Reflecting on my own use of social networks I certainly see a pattern.
I go through phases of heavy and light use. Sometimes I can’t bear to log in to Twitter or Facebook. Other times I can’t get enough of them.
Oddly I never tire of blogging or reading blogs.
And so perhaps, one day soon, I’ll feel compelled to spend time on Google+. Right now, I don’t. I pop in every now and then to see what people are up to but rarely have a desire to post my own updates. I’ve no idea what I want to say and I’ve no idea what people want to hear.
Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on myself and I should just trust that everything will fall into place when the time is right.
Maybe it’s too early to tell how Google+ will play out.
Are you on Google+? If so, how are you using the space? What role do you think this new social network will have in our digital world?